I just returned from Guatemala. Last week I went to six different villages in the mountains and met with six different women's groups who are back strap weavers. They all want to work. We talked about patterns and designs. They want to help sustain their families. We met with over 200 women. We also have several hundred women that we are already working with through Sharing the Dream.
We need some help with design. Please send a favorite design of a purse, bag, scarf, or a kitchen item to us so we can look at making it with Guatemalan fabric. We need to design items that people will buy. What are your favorite colors? What are the newest colors? We need artists who are willing to volunteer their time to design some new items. You can do it from your home. We also just need people to send ideas.
We will be offering a trip to Guatemala where we will work with our artisan design team to design some new products. We will meet with a group of weavers to help them with colors and design and then go to Chi-Chi to work with Ruth and Nohemi cooperative to see about sewing our designs. Are you in? Not sure of the dates yet. It will be $1200 for 10 days. We will also be doing many of the things we do on a regular trip.
We have outgrown our rented space for our elder center in Santiago. We have been looking for land for several years in Chuk Muk. Chuk Muk is the new community after the mud slide. The last 6 months we have been working with the community leaders and on Tuesday they voted to give us a piece of land.
The land is probably close to two acres. Plenty of room for what we need. Our neighbors will be other community projects
This is very exciting, but makes me very nervous. Where will the money come from to build? All suggestions would be appreciated.
Sharing the Dream in Guatemala
Diane Nesselhuf is Sharing the Dream in Guatemala's director and founder.